The very worst of Craigslist: human babies, 'child cats' and used snuggies
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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Never has Dickens’ wise adage ever been so apt after spending an hour trawling through the murky bowels of Craigslist. In the wake of news that a 22-year-old American recently tried to sell his girlfriend’s baby online, TNS has been curious about the weird and wonderful ads Craigslist has to offer. Craigslist is the brain child of Craig Newmark, an internet entrepreneur based in San Francisco, and despite intentions to advertise jobs, housing, personals and even offer advice, it has also become a sort of dumping ground, a refuse for bizarre and unwanted items in the darker depths of the net. Following a misspent afternoon, The TNS offers you a brief insight into the most dubious advertisements in a top five list of the best, or in fact worst, of Craigslist. 5. Two dozen free goats A hapless goat owner made the enticing offer on Craigslist following several mishaps that included eating his wife’s flowers and his horror at their alarming ability to climb: 'I have 2 dozen goats I need to get rid of. I had no idea raising goats would be this hard. These little bastards keep eating all my wife's flowers and climbing on our goddamn cars. Nobody told me they were such good climbers. The first person to get these damn goats out of here can have them.' 4. A magical horse In keeping with the animal theme, one Craigslist user offered potential buyers the unmissable opportunity to own their very own magical creature, despite the author’s glaring omission of what actually makes the horse magical apart from its capacity to grow and eyes that shine like 'the brightest of juptiers [sic] moons'. Seems legit. 'Hello, this is my lovely horse legacy. He has been in my family for 5 years. He truly is a wonderful creature. At night, his mane glows like the brightest of juptiers moons. It is what we in the horse world call "magical". I give him daily protein shakes to make sure he countinues to grow big and strong. I don't know when he'll stop growing, he'll probably countinue to until his time comes. Please be prepared to accommodate a horse the size of a small tank if you plan on keeping him for more then a month. I feed him a strict diet of cucumbers and horseradish. Some people say that it's sick to feed a horse horseradish, but sense horse radish doesn't actually have horse in it, I'm sure it's ok.' 3. Fifteen used snuggies This curious collection of used snuggies, the famous blanket with sleeves that has become synonymous with unsolicited periods of celibacy, was plugged by an adept salesman that warmly shares details of how it is possible that somebody actually died in one of them.
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